The European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for Recruitment

In February 2020, Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA) signed the Charter and the Code and declared its commitment to the HRS4R initiative to obtain the "HR excellence in research" label, recognizing the measures taken to implement the principles set out. The European Commission has recognized the UGA's dedication to the 40 principles of the Charter and the Code. Thanks to the working groups organized within the university's community, the project group was able to identify the actions needed in order to comply with these 40 points.
 

What is the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers?

From the year 2000, Europe set itself the objective of increasing the number of researchers on the continent from 700,000 to 1,000,000. The aim is for Europe to maintain its leading position in R&D in an increasingly competitive world, while at the same time coping with the ageing of its population. In order to attract the world's best researchers and encourage young people to pursue scientific careers, the European Commission published the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (C&C) in 2005. This recommendation, which is addressed to Member States, employers, funders and researchers, defines the roles, responsibilities and rights of researchers and their employers or funders in the exercise of research and teaching missions and in the development of career paths. The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers aims at improving the recruitment of researchers, in particular by making selection procedures more fair and transparent, and proposes various methods for assessing merit without direct or indirect discrimination.

What do the entities that have signed the Charter and the Code commit themselves to?

Institutions that adopt the Charter and the Code, which are non-binding texts in themselves, undertake to develop their human resources practices to achieve the objectives set by these texts and to respect the principles and values they embody. The objective of the Charter and the Code is to generalize, within the European Union, good practices in terms of recruitment, employment conditions and working conditions for researchers:
  • Harmonize the practices of the various States
  • Facilitate mobility
  • Increase the attractiveness of research, the undisputed lever of European economic competitiveness and employment, by offering real career prospects.
Published on  June 30, 2020
Updated onJune 30, 2020